Health Applicant Exam

HESI A2 Exam


HESI Exam Information

HESI A2 stands for the Health Education Systems, Inc., Admissions Assessment. HESI serves as an entrance exam for health related programs. Please allow at least four hours for the exam. 

Students are allowed unlimited retakes, but only the most recent score will be taken into consideration. There is no mandatory wait time between attempts. Scores remain valid for one year. Scores are due by the application deadline for your program of interest. 

You MUST arrive 30 minutes early. Applicants who do not arrive at least 30 minutes early may not be able to test. You MUST bring a non-expired photo ID (student, driver’s license, etc). Testing will not be allowed without one. 

Sections on the HESI A2 Exam

Basic Math Skills

You will be tested on topics including performing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division on whole numbers, fractions, percentages, and decimals. There will also be questions on converting decimals to fractions as well as fractions to decimals. You will also need to understand ratios and proportions. There will also be questions on general math skills. These will include things like balancing a checkbook, understanding common measurement units, and being able to read a medicine bottle label for the correct dosage.


This section will test your knowledge of cells. This includes topics related to cells such as: cell theory, cell structure, cell composition, organelles, DNA, RNA, prokaryotes, eukaryotes, and cellular functions such as cellular respiration. You will also need to understand photosynthesis.


This section will test your knowledge on topics such as matter, the structure of atoms, the states of water and other elements, the periodic table, as well as some chemical reactions. 

Reading Comprehension

This section will test your ability to read and understand written text. You will be tested to see if you can figure out what the author’s main idea is. You will also be asked to identify what category a written piece is from categories including narrative, technical, persuasive, and others. 

Vocabulary & General Knowledge

This section will test how large of a vocabulary you have as well as your ability to determine the meaning of words through context/knowledge of words’ roots. The vocabulary section will use both medical and non-medical terminology. 

COTC HESI Testing Locations

HESI A2 exams will only be available in-person. Exams can be taken at any COTC campus. Scores can be sent from any testing location as long as they meet the following criteria:

  1. It must be administered in-person. No remote exams will be accepted.
  2. The test must have exactly the same subjects our HESI A2 covers - no more, no less. That is:
    1. Reading Comprehension
    2. Vocabulary & General Knowledge
    3. Basic Math Skills
    4. Biology
    5. Chemistry
  3. The score transcript must be ordered from HESI and sent directly to cotcrecords@mail.cotc.eduto be verified. * Additional fees will apply.


Lori LeVeque
Hopewell Hall 88


Joan Webb
Pataskala Campus 161


Jackie Farmer
Montgomery Hall 119


Rachael Bailey
Ariel Hall 115

Upcoming HESI Testing Dates

New HESI A2 Exam dates for the 2/15 deadline will be posted in November.

Testers with Accommodations 

Students requiring disability accommodations should contact the Testing Center Coordinator for further instructions on scheduling.  Students who wish to utilize disability accommodations must have already met with the Office for Disability Services.  If you have testing accommodations through the Office for Disability Services, you must contact the Testing Center before you schedule your HESI A2 exam to be sure that the necessary accommodations can be provided on the day you plan to take your test.  Failure to contact the Testing Coordinator ahead of time will result in testing accommodations not being available on the day of the test.

Study Materials

Getting a good score on your HESI test will increase the odds of you getting into your health program. Reading study material and taking practice tests can help you score highly on your test. 

COTC Barnes & Noble Bookstore – Admission Assessment Examination Review
Evolve Store – Admission Assessment Exam Review 5th Edition
Peterson’s Test and Career Prep – HESI A2 Practice Exams
Columbus Metropolitan Library – 500 HESI A2 Questions to Know by Test Day